Archive for October, 2014

Community Coalition Grows to Support Chiquita Canyon

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Chiquita Canyon’s Master Plan Revision has gained broad-based community support from various organizations such as:

  • Los Angeles County Business Federation (LA BizFed)
  • Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation (SCVEDC)
  • Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Castaic Chamber of Commerce
  • SCV Latino Chamber of Commerce
  • Valley Industry Association (VIA)
  • West Ranch Town Council
  • Golden State Gateway Coalition
  • LA County Disposal Association

LA BizFed writes, “On behalf of BizFed, the Los Angeles County Business Federation, a grassroots alliance of more than 120 major business organizations representing 268,000 businesses with 3 million employees throughout our region, we are writing in support of the proposed expansion of Chiquita Canyon Landfill.”  The letter continues, “The landfill is an environmentally sound operation that uses a state-of-the-art composite liner that holds waste safely in the landfill.  There also are numerous monitoring wells to ensure safety of our groundwater.  In addition, all naturally occurring methane gas generated by the landfill is used to power a 9.2 megawatt clean energy facility.”

Mike Dean Recognized as one of Santa Clarita’s Most Influential 2014

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For more than a decade, General Manager Mike Dean has been running Chiquita Canyon Landfill.

“Mike Dean goes about his business quietly, never seeking the spotlight but always willing to help,” said Terri Crain, president and CEO of the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce.  “He works hard to bring people together to better our community.”

A 639-acre landfill in Castaic, Chiquita Canyon has provided environmentally safe and efficient waste disposal services to the Santa Clarita Valley for about 40 years.

Furthering this mission, Dean oversaw the opening of a 9.2 Mega Watt Clean Energy facility, which converts methane gas from the landfill into energy and powers 10,000 homes a year.  On site, the facility generates power to sustainably support the landfill and, taking the benefits a step further, add clean energy to the grid.

The annual benefits expected from carbon reduction are approximately equal to the planting of 83,191 trees, removal of 74,602 automobiles from the road and conservation of 1,044,960 barrels of oil.

Doing more to help the community than overseeing green practices, Dean has made efforts to support the local business community.  Dean serves on the board of the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corp., helping to improve and protect the economic outlook for the SCV.

Understanding the importance of a transportation system that meets the needs of the Santa Clarita Valley residents, Mike also was a founding member of the Golden State Gateway Coalition, which is responsible for improvements in the Newhall Pass.

“Mike is a champion of the business community and a big supporter of the SCV Chamber,” Crain said.  “He is also a big believer in the SCV Senior Center and has supported their efforts.”

VVCAC Will Meet Monday, October 20th

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The Val Verde Community Advisory Committee (VVCAC) is scheduled to meet on Monday, October 20, 2014 at 6 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel located at 28508 Westinghouse Pl. in Valencia.

The Val Verde Community Advisory Committee exists to serve as a liaison between the Chiquita Canyon Landfill and the local community as a means for the community to communicate with the Regional Planning Commission and other regulatory agencies on an ongoing basis regarding issues involved in the development and operation of the Chiquita Canyon Landfill.

Chiquita Canyon representatives attend the quarterly meetings of the VVCAC to provide regular, and timely updates and reports regarding landfill operations as a means to maintain an open line of communications with local leaders and residents.  Meetings are open to the public.